Episode 9 – Agathocles and the Age of Alexander

Mosaic of Alexander (pictured left) at the Battle of Issus against the Persians. This mosaic was found in the ruins of Pompeii and is thought to be based on an early work.
Up close picture of Alexander the Great in the Alexander Mosaic from Pompeii. Notice his richly decorated linothorax armor.
Bust of Alexander the Great’s father, Philip II of Macedon.
Philip II diadem
Gilded silver diadem of Philip II, found in his tomb in Macedonia.
Macedonian heavy cavalryman with linothorax curiass and a Boeotian helmet. Original photo by Wikipedia user Marsyas.
Illustration of Macedonian phalanx formation after Philip II’s reforms. Notice the smaller pelte shields and the long sarissa pikes. Original image by F. Mitchell.
Map showing the extent of Alexander the Great’s empire. Original image by Generic Mapping Tools.

After Timoleon’s death, Sicily enjoyed an unprecedented twenty-year period of peace and prosperity. Things were not so quiet in the East, however. The Macedonians, under Philip II and his son Alexander, soon to be known as the Great, had forged in twelve short years an empire that covered the known world from Greece to India. In the wake of Alexander’s sudden demise, a host of would-be successors vied to share in the Great Macedonian’s glory, including Agathocles, last and most brutal of the tyrants of Sicily.

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